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Jak se naučit anglicky?

Learning English requires hard work, commitment and a willingness to learn from mistakes. But it's well worth your while!

To begin with, speak a little English every day. Speaking English with another person is your fastest path to fluency.
And don't wait until you "feel more comfortable" - get a tutor on Skype and start speaking! With the right partner you' ll be amazed at how quickly your fluency improves. Besides, the experience of the virtual classroom is so authentic, you forget you're in a lesson. A native English speaker may do fine too. But don't forget, learning isn't only about friendly chats - you still need a road-map and good old professional guidance.

Even with the best of grammar and vocabulary, learners are often let down by their pronunciation. Native English speakers may find it very difficult to understand you. What's even more frustrating, you often fail to understand them.
That happens because pronunciation works both ways. Every tiny detail makes a difference: how sounds link, where the sentence stress goes, you name it. Knowing the fundamentals of phonetics does a lot to improve your listening skills too.

Of course, you should listen closely to how native English speakers pronounce certain words and sounds and do your best to copy them. But let's face it, individual sounds or words aren't such a big deal. Most pronunciation and listening problems occur at the next level, where you try to put words together into phrases and sentences. Or figure out what on earth the cluster you just heard means! That's when you hit the panic button, don't you?

Without words we don't have ideas. So make it a habit to notch up your lexicon every day.
But again, it's not about how many words you know. It's about how efficiently you are able to retrieve and recombine them. Committing new words to memory is the easy part. The hard part is weaving them into your consciousness. Make an effort to use your new words in sentences, mock up conversations, apply them to the context of your daily life.

Do you know someone who doesn't like idioms? I don't. Problem is you have to learn how to use idiomatic phrases. The rule of thumb is to sprinkle rather than pour them into your conversation.

Sign up for a discussion group where you'll be able to:

► talk about the radio and TV shows, podcasts and movies;

► discuss books, newspaper or magazine articles;

► stop being afraid of making mistakes and start learning from them.

This activity will put your English into a context and keep you motivated.

To develop your production skills, keep a diary and write e-mails to an English-speaking pen-pal.

Generally, train yourself to think in English. That would be the toughest challenge.

If you know an easier way, please let me know.